Start Date: June 2010 End Date: May 2011 Status: Completed
National and international health care guidance recommends that women receive check-ups as early as possible in their pregnancy, ideally before 10 weeks. Previous research and data suggests that ensuring women receive these check-ups is not always straightforward or easy, particularly for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged women who may have complex medical and social needs. This is a one year study to investigate how to improve services for pregnant women and families living in the East London borough of Newham.
- to better understand the complex challenges faced in delivering equity in access to antenatal care among highly socially disadvantaged and ethnically diverse communities with complex medical and social needs
- to generate new evidence about differential levels of access and how the service configuration, referral system, and cultural, social and economic position of women in Newham influence these
- to use this local evidence and the wider evidence base to work with local women and service providers to develop interventions / service innovations to improve access to, and experiences of antenatal care for those groups of women who currently use antenatal services the least
- Analysis of routinely collected hospital data
- Qualitative interviews and focus group discussions
- Systematic review and service mapping